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Robert Wills

Sunday 21 December 2014, by Monique

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Robert Wills was born and raised in Kentucky, third of six sons of a newspaper editor and an elementary school teacher. From his father, he inherited a socio-political interest, and from his mother, who played piano and organ in the Methodist Church, he got a sense of music and song. He and his brother Richard formed a band in high school, and have played together in many configurations over the decades, on stage and in studio.

He immigrated to Canada, as an alternative to going to war in VietNam, living first in Toronto, then rural Ontario just south of Barrie, then moving to Pontiac County in 1973. He’s been living, writing and recording music in Clarendon and Thorne ever since.

The Wills Family is steeped in history, so it was only natural that Robert should take an interest in collecting audio and pictorial records of the people of this storied region, and natural as well, to join the Pontiac Historical Society, and help organize and run the Pontiac Museum. A former president, now a director of the Society, he has mounted exhibits in the Virtual Museum of the Canadian Heritage Information Network, with photos, videos, and audio recordings of musical, agricultural and historical events.

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